OBITUARY: Ali Akbar Khan

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Ali Akbar Khan was one of the best sarod players of the 20th century, taking on the lineage of his father, Allaudin Khan, and embracing the friendship with one of his father’s students, Ravi Shankar. Khan would record many albums and performed countless times throughout the years, but it was his time with Shankar that helped push not only Indian music into something more global, but also Indian culture and spirituality.

Khan died on Friday due to a kidney ailment. He was 87 years old.

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